Friday, 19 December 2014

Reasons to be Grateful: Christmas

Christmas is a time of year I am more than a little grateful for.  In the middle of the winter darkness there is a celebration of love and family and sitting around eating wonderful food. I really do love Christmas food, I have a Pinterest board just about Christmas food. Here is my list of things I love about Christmastime.

Fairy Lights

Now I know you don't need it to be Christmas to have fairy lights but they do seem to pop up a lot more now. And they are pretty.  The dark days up here in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year make them look extra pretty too.

Mince Pies

Last year Mr Mac and I were eating mince pies all January. This year we started in November.  A lot of people seem to hate them but I really like them.

Christmas Music

You may have got the impression this month that I am rather partial to Christmas Music. I am. I would not want it all year round though, I tend to get it started in December so I am not bored of it already by the time Christmas actually comes.

Selection Boxes

Growing up there were only chocolates and fizzy drinks in our house at Christmas. Those and mini-cheddars are key parts of my early formative Christmas memories. I still love a good selection box and would certainly not consider buying them at any other time of year.

The warm fuzzy feeling

I don't drink so this is certainly not coming from the mulled wine! I like that people seem to genuinely use Christmas as an excuse to be nice to each other, to do things for other people and to generally be good to each other. I know there are fights and it can be lonely and horrible but I think more people take it as a chance to say, hey, let's wait a minute and be nice and I really like that.

Reading

There is a point on Christmas Day when there is nothing on TV, everyone is sick and tired of seeing each other but too full to leave the house.  This for me is prime time for reading. Lots and lots of reading. Possibly my favourite part of this time of year. No one expects you to leave the house so you have permission to curl up in bed with slipper socks on and read. Wonderful.



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

All These Things That I've Done: Christmassing


Oh. My. Goodness!
Just the same way I assured you that Autumning is a word, I am telling you that Christmassing is one too.  I have been Christmassing up a STORM lately.  It all started in November (shh!) when our friends A&E came up for some Christmas Market fun and pretty much has not stopped since.  Here are some photos to sum it all up.

The Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens
You may be a lover, but you ain't no dancer - HELTER SKELTER!
The Dome on George Street
The Scottish Market in St Andrew's Square






Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday Music: Get Behind me Santa!

I think I might have got a bit carried away with the Christmassy posts this year? No?

Christmas is a pretty exciting time for me though, and this year I get to actually do Christmas for real so I am super-duper mega-watt excited about it all.  Yes. That excited.

So here is my THIRD Christmas music post of the year.  And with one more to come too.  You lucky things!

This week is all about the lo-fi indie Christmas songs like the fabulous work of Sufjan Stevens who I reference in the title this week.

Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter


Low - Just Like Christmas


Los Campesinos! – Kindle A Flame In Her Heart

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